Friday, March 11, 2005

Blast hits telephone facility in Kalat

Blast hits telephone facility in Kalat

By our correspondent

QUETTA: A powerful bomb exploded near a telephone cabinet in Kalat district, some 150 kms from here, while two successive explosive devices went off in the provincial capital late on Thursday. Kalat police officials told The News by telephone that unknown terrorists planted a powerful bomb near a telephone cabinet in Roh area. Over 400 telephone connections in the area went off line because of the blast they said. Meanwhile, two explosive devices went off in Quetta but caused no loss of life and property. The first explosion took place near office of the Balochistan Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) on the Sammungli Road. Half an hour, another blast occurred in the same vicinity.

Quetta police arrest bomber

By our correspondent

QUETTA: Police on Thursday said they arrested a man involved in the December 10, 2004 bomb blast at Mazen Chowk here, which claimed 12 lives.

Rafi Pervez Bhatti, Quetta Capital City Police Officer (CCPO), told The News that accused Hassan Marri was arrested in a recent raid on Marri camp and added that he had confessed to his involvement in the incident.

"Hassan Marri had disclosed that he and his three other accomplices, Aslam, Arif and Sorto Marri, were involved in the Mezan Chowk bomb blast.

The CCPO said that Hassan had also disclosed that they used a remote-controlled device in that explosion.

Aslam Marri and Arif are hiding in Kahan area of Kohlu district, Bhatti added.

Baloch leaders demand release of ‘political’ activists

By our correspondent

QUETTA: Demanding immediate release of all the arrested "political activists and innocent people", the alliance of four Baloch nationalist parties on Thursday asked the government to halt "the victimisation of the Baloch people" in the province.

Senator Sana Baloch, MNA Abdul Rauf Mengal, MPA Akhtar Hussain Lango, Opposition Leader in Balochistan Assembly Mir Kachkol Ali Baloch and others Baloch leaders alleged in a press conference here that the rulers were responsible for
the present situation of the province.

They regretted that the government agencies were working against the aspirations, interests and sentiments of the people.

They charged that several persons were arrested from various parts of the province and they were being tortured for the crime, they never committed.

They said that the Baloch leadership intended to resolve the present crisis through
political process and negotiation but the government was victimising the political workers and the people through arbitrary arrests. They also said that after the Marri camp, another operation had been launched in Killi Kambrani from where several persons had been arrested,
while a number of them were missing. Referring Dr Shazia case, they said that the victim lady doctor was being pressurised to save the DSG personnel and there was a threat to her life.

Senator threatens to quit Balochistan body

Blames PML for causing un-necessary

delay in finalising report

Naveed Ahmad

ISLAMABAD: A senior opposition senator has threatened to quit the Parliamentary Committee on Balochistan due to "un-necessary delay" in finalising its report.

The News learnt that the senator has written to committee Chairman Ch Shujaat Hussain expressing serious concerns over the situation in the province and indifference on the part of the ruling coalition.

He noted in his letter that the sub-committee, headed by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayyed, had completed its report in early January 2005 while the report of the other committee is still awaited after the passage of about half a year against the prescribed time-span of three month.

Sources said the senator claimed to have taken up the issue with Senator Mushahid and told him that "a very timely and important initiative is being frustrated because of delay".

The senator wrote to the PML president and parliamentary committee chief: "Dark shadows of some new unfortunate events have further aggravated this tangled issue."

The opposition leader also took strong exception to Shujaat’s remarks before the press as well as in the National Assembly that General Musharraf has cleared almost 75 per cent of the recommendations. "While seeking clearance from the authorities in an informal manner could be regarded as a part of the political process, any public announcement in this respect is in violation of all principles of the committee work," the upset senator observed.

Shujaat Hussain’s remarks came while the sub-committee and the parliamentary committee have not adopted the recommendations of the drafting committee of the sub-committee on political issues.

According to the senator, "before these (recommendations) are approved by the committee and presented before Parliament these must be treated as property of the committee and cannot be divulged to outsiders and announced in public statements or speeches." He believed that Ch Shujaat Hussain has acted against the accepted code of conduct and borders on violation of the privilege of a parliamentary committee.

He vowed to respect rules of the game and not use recommendations or thinking of the committee, which have multi-party dimension. The senator warned the ruling coalition against projecting the leaders of one party in the committee. "I am happy that our committees had been working in bi-partisan spirit, but some of declarations now being made by the leaders of the PML-Q are impinging on the sensitivity involved," the senator wrote.

He reminded the PML leadership that two members of the committee have already withdrawn for whatever reasons they thought to be important. "But the way the matters are being handled, others may also have to review the usefulness of their association," he said, hinting at quitting the body.

The opposition senator said too much time has been wasted and now the parliamentary committee should meet as early as possible to finalize its report for submission in Parliament without further delay.


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